05 Apr 2011
Die Kluge/Mesdames de la Halle, Zurich Opera
Raphaela Papadakis seems to like ‘playing with fire’. After her acclaimed performance as the put-upon maid, Anna, in Independent Opera’s production of Šimon Voseček’s Beidermann and the Arsonists at Sadler’s Wells last year, she is currently rehearsing for the premiere this week of And London Burned, a new opera by Matt Rogers which has been commissioned by Temple Music Foundation to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London.
By Shirley Apthorp [Financial Times, 5 April 2011]
Does Carmina Burana deserve its popularity? Certainly history has dealt less kindly with the rest of Carl Orff’s music, and his operas remain obscure. Thanks to a bold double bill from Zurich’s international opera studio, listeners have the chance to assess Die Kluge (The Wise Woman) for themselves.